Efficiency in Education: How can we better integrate technology to improve student performance?

The Problem

To further explore this problem, I interviewed a few students and parents to see if they had similar experiences to mine. I also asked them if they thought a more streamlined online education system would be helpful.

” Yeah, I have had a lot of those same problems here, our transition to online school was pretty abrupt and I’m still having some issues staying on top of my work.”

– Allison, a student from New York

” I’ve had some issues staying in contact with my teachers and completing classwork recently.”

– Grayson, a student from Louisiana

“This switch has definitely been stressful for our family, as we have kids at multiple schools and have to deal with a bunch of systems every morning for each kid. A simplified system for each child would be nice.”

– Scott, a parent from Alabama

I am highlighting two of the responses I got, which I think adequately express the sentiment surrounding the technology at use during this crisis. Students need more guidance and support to help them get there work done, and I think this can be remedied with an app. 

The Solution

For Now

My research into this topic seems to suggest there is a market for a service like this, and I have seen firsthand that my business model would be viable, as my school currently pays a subscription for a service that I would look to replace. My app would have a variety of features not available for my school currently, such as a dedicated calendar with integration with students phones; this aims to give students easier access to their material and keep it all in a centralized location. I would also add an instant messenger feature to allow teachers and students to better communicate. Also, I aim to implement a feature that would allow for teachers to suggest a completion time for an assignment for students. In combination, I think these features would support my goal of streamlined my schools technology and supporting performance increases among students. Also, I think the idea would be easily scalable and could be brought to a variety of schools in the future without much of an increase in expenses.

What’s Next?

In the future I plan to further explore development of a service such as this, possibly implementing it at my school next year. This summer would be the time for app development and testing, after a deal with my school is secured. Ideally, the app would be pro-bono for my school initially, serving the community and giving me an opportunity to prove the system. I would then follow up the implementation at my school with trying to add other schools in the area to a subscription based model. I would like to continue this project and further develop the idea in the future. However, I need to do more research in regards to the project’s viability outside of my school. This is where you come in

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  1. April 23, 2020 by Matt Neely

    Ryan, I enjoyed hearing your problem and solution and filtering through my lens as a school leader. It reminds me of Bill Gates approach to student scheduling in the 1970s, an important story for our society. Keep going with this and good luck marketing it to your school–who are the decision makers in that step?

  2. April 24, 2020 by Ozzy

    Ryan, this is such a great project (and actually similar to mine!). I really resonate with the issue of having so many different digital systems my school uses—in my four years of high school (all at the same school), I’ve used at least 5 different learning management systems (and my school is planning on using a new one next year). It’s a real problem, and one that needs to be fixed!

    • April 24, 2020 by Ryan

      Thanks Ozzy, great to hear that you are working on something similar. Best of luck!

  3. April 24, 2020 by Ryan

    Thanks Mr. Neely, Bill Gates’ work at Lakeside is definitely a great story for any aspiring entrepreneur- a powerful lesson in terms of teaching the importance of the countless hours that go into any successful venture. For my school, the decision makers would be the administration (headmaster, principal) and the tech office.

  4. April 26, 2020 by Kelly

    Hey Ryan, this is such a cool idea and this issue is definitely relatable at a time like this. Great job!

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